Razor

Razor

From dark matter detectors and quantum computers to Mars rovers and radical climate change solutions, Razor talks to the world’s leading scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, and startup entrepreneurs to find out how they're working to build a better future for us all.

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  • The plastic roads built using a million unwanted plastic bags per mile - #RAZOR

    🛣️ Plastics that can't be recycled are being turned into roads.
    #RAZOR took a drive along one and found out more about the initiative 👇

    https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2021-11-27/The-plastic-roads-built-using-a-million-unwanted-plastic-bags-per-mile-15qwT0P8gKI/index.html

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  • Mission to Mars #RAZOR

    #RAZOR takes a look at the next big target in the global space race: Venus. It's our closest neighbour and the brightest body in the night sky after the moon. It follows a similar orbit to Earth and is often referred to as earth’s twin or sister. Both are similar in size, mass, density, and volum...

  • Free the bees and mission to Venus: #RAZOR full episode

    Of the UK's 270 bee species, 126 are now listed as scarce with 17 at risk of extinction. Much of this is due to habitat loss. B-lines is a nationwide initiative, bringing together a myriad of conservation and volunteering groups to create an interconnected system of wildflower insect pathways acr...

  • How does COVID-19 replicate itself? #Razor

    At this stage of the pandemic, we all know that for SARS-CoV-2 to replicate, it needs us. In fact, like all viruses, it hijacks a key part of our cells - known as ribosomes - to make the proteins needed to copy itself. Neil Cairns talks to Professor Nenad Ban and his team from Swiss Federal Insti...

  • How can we feed the world without the use of nasty pesticides? #Razor

    How can we feed the world without the use of nasty pesticides? One company think they have the answer and bees are going to help them do it.

    The company BeeVT or Bee vectoring technology have developed a natural fungicide to treat certain crops. And instead of spreading it with fossil fuel ru...

  • Bee vectoring and COVID reproduction #RAZOR

    How can we feed the world without the use of nasty pesticides? One company think they have the answer and bees are going to help them do it. BeeVT or Bee vectoring technology have developed a natural fungicide to treat certain crops. And instead of spreading it with fossil fuel run machines they...

  • Battery recycling #RAZOR

    In the UK, transport accounts for a third of emissions. Electric vehicles are seen a key to reducing this figure with the EU setting a target of 30 million electric vehicles by 2030. But the efficient recycling of lithium batteries is yet to be perfected. 🚗

    Emma Keeling meets Dan Reed who heads...

  • Inhaled vaccines: final step to stopping COVID-19? #RAZOR

    Scientists around the world are constantly looking for new methods to keep up and respond to a rapidly changing novel SARS-CoV-2 virus. Vaccines have been a huge success, but their global roll out has been slow and not equitable.

    To combat this, CanSino Biologics in China have developed an inha...

  • China space age: A new age of exploration #RAZOR

    From landing on the far side of the moon and building Mars probes to setting up science experiments on the newest space station, it's undeniable that China is already a major player in this era of space exploration. Emma Keeling talks to a range of experts to find out more. 🌕 🪐 🚀

    Watch #RAZOR o...

  • Using a plant's natural defences against viruses - #RAZOR

    There are at least 1,000 different kinds of plant viruses that exist in nature. They can wipe out large areas of farmland and pose a huge threat to agriculture. Yang Zhao has met the scientists in Beijing who are using the natural defence mechanisms of plants as a means of virus control.

    Read m...

  • BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC: Solution for our plastic waste problem? - #RAZOR

    Since the 1950s, the mass production of plastic has led to billions of tons of waste every year. Almost a third of all plastic ends up in natural environments, where it remains for hundreds of years. Razor meets the team behind Polymateria, a start up that's hoping to tackle this very urgent prob...

  • Measuring ocean currents #RAZOR

    Massive ocean currents, such as the Gulf Stream, move heat from one part of the planet to the other. This process, in part, helps to give Western Europe its mild winter climate. 🌍

    But climate change is already having a visible effect on the world's temperatures and scientists are starting to bu...

  • Plant antivirus, ocean currents and biodegradable plastic #RAZOR

    Since the 1950s, the mass production of plastic has led to billions of tons of waste every year. Almost a third of all plastic ends up in natural environments, where it remains for hundreds of years. #RAZOR meets the team behind Poly-materia, a start up that's hoping to tackle this very urgent pr...

  • The telescope that could reveal new secrets about the universe - #RAZOR

    Emma Keeling finds out more about the James Webb Space Telescope, which promises to be the most powerful and complex telescope ever launched into space, fundamentally altering our understanding of the universe.

    The JWST is NASA’s planned successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, though it's mirr...

  • Ransomware and Psychedelic revolution - #RAZOR

    💊 Drugs are bad...or are they? #Razor examines the psychedelic revolution which is taking place in the fields of medicinal and psychological research where it’s proving to have a radical impact in the treatment of mental health conditions.

    Emma Keeling talks to Dr Rick Doblin from the Multidisci...

  • How psychedelics could transform our treatment of mental health problems #RAZOR

    Drugs are bad...or are they?

    RAZOR examines the psychedelic revolution which is taking place in the fields of medicinal and psychological research where it’s proving to have a radical impact in the treatment of mental health conditions. Emma Keeling talks to Rick Doblin from the Multidisciplina...

  • Ransomware: what are they and how do they work? #RAZOR

    Over the last few years, ransomware attacks have been on the rise, targeting key infrastructure and supply chains. Just recently, the world’s largest meat producer, JBS SA, was forced to shut down some of its North American factories in response to a ransomware attack, impacting world markets. Bu...

  • Vaccines and COVID-19 variants: the facts you need to know - #RAZOR

    💉 Vaccines have been a remarkable success story of the COVID-19 pandemic. A range were rolled out in just a year with clinical trial data suggesting very high levels of effectiveness against SARS CoV 2 infection. However, they have a chink in their armour: variants.

    At the beginning of 2021, th...

  • China's elephant march #RAZOR

    Images of a herd of 15 Asian elephants trekking through China's south-western Yunnan province have gone viral on social media and captured the imagination of the world. Since then, the Chinese government have dispatched a Taskforce of 360 people, 76 cars and nine drones to track it. 🐘 🐘 🐘

    #RAZO...

  • Vaccines and variants and elephant march #RAZOR

    Vaccines have been a remarkable success story of the COVID-19 pandemic. A range were rolled out in just a year with clinical trial data suggesting very high levels of effectiveness against SARS CoV 2 infection. But what about variants? At the beginning of 2021, the Alpha, Beta and Gamma variants ...

  • Are e-scooters the future of greener commuting? #RAZOR

    An electric scooter trial is underway in London, with e-scooters available to rent in a small number of areas. 🛴

    It follows trials in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK as the government considers whether to follow European neighbors and legalize e-scooters on roads. 🛣

    It's hoped this...

  • Light therapy update #RAZOR

    Light therapy is having a dramatic impact on Denmark's mental health. 💡

    Emma Keeling catches up with the team at Chromaviso who are artificially recreating the changing patterns of natural light which support our circadian rhythm, and applying that technology in care homes where it's having a dr...

  • Darting drones #RAZOR

    Forests are often described as the lungs of Earth, covering approximately 31 percent of its surface. Sadly, this area is shrinking rapidly, with an estimated area the size of Greece being destroyed every year. 🌲

    Monitoring the health of these forests plays a crucial role in protecting them, but...

  • Darting drones, light therapy and Comet Catalina: #RAZOR full episode

    Forests are often described as the lungs of Earth, covering approximately 31 percent of its surface. Sadly, this area is shrinking rapidly, with an estimated area the size of Greece being destroyed every year. 🌲

    Monitoring the health of these forests plays a crucial role in protecting them, but...